Botic van de Zandschulp misses the tournament again with another injury, qualifying success for Jesper de Jong | sport

Defeat BrewerBotic van de Zandschulp has withdrawn from the ATP tournament in Hamburg, which starts on Monday. The world number 45 suffers from an ankle injury. Van de Zandschulp, 27, would face Juan Pablo Varillas of Peru in the first round.

Van de Zandschulp, the world number 45, has struggled with injuries all year. At the start of this year he was hampered by a muscle injury in his upper leg and this spring he suffered a foot injury in Munich.

Van de Zandschulp would play his first game in Hamburg since Wimbledon. There he lost in the second round to Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Tallon’s Greek track will not be in action next week. He will start the American season on hard court in just over a week in Washington.

De Jong at the main tournament

Jesper de Jong has qualified for the ATP tournament in Umag, Croatia. The 23-year-old Dutchman, 176th in the world ranking, was too strong in the second and final qualifying round for the Chilean Tomás Barrios Vera, world number 125: 6-2 6-4. De Jong cleared the first hurdle in Umag the day before by beating the Italian Raul Brancaccio, 144th in the world ranking, in three sets: 4-6 6-2 6-3.

Gijs Brouwer couldn’t follow De Jong’s example in the United States. Brouwer (27) fell in qualifying for the ATP tournament in Atlanta against Australian James Duckworth, world number 129. Brouwer is sixteen places lower. The sets scores were 6-2 and 6-4.

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Young's Jasper.
Young’s Jasper. © BELGA

From qualifying defeat to tournament victory

Russian Maria Timofejeva failed to qualify, but still won the Budapest tennis tournament. The 19-year-old tennis star is the first since 2001 to immediately win the title on his main schedule debut at a WTA tournament. Timofeeva defeated Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl 6-3 3-6 6-0 in the final.

Timofejeva failed in the final round of the qualifying tournament in Budapest, but was cleared as lucky loser still participate in the tournament. In the final, a meeting with Baindl, the world number one, awaited him. Timofejeva is now 246th himself. Despite the lack of experience, the Russian stayed on his feet in the deciding third set and didn’t even give up a match.

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Twenty-two years ago in Bali, Indonesian Angelique Widjaja was the latest tennis star to win the title immediately on her debut. It was also four years ago that a lucky loser won a WTA tournament. In 2019, then 15-year-old Coco Gauff won in Linz.

Rublev defeats Ruud

Andrey Rublev won the Bastad tennis tournament. The Russian defeated the Norwegian Casper Ruud in straight sets in the final: 7-6 (3) 6-0. Rublev celebrated his fourteenth tournament victory. He won the Monte Carlo tournament earlier this year.

The Russian was in the final in Bastad for the first time. Ruud won the gravel tournament in the Swedish city two years ago. Ruud is currently stuck on ten tournament wins. He has only won a tournament once that was not played on clay.

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Cachin’s first ATP title

Argentinian Pedro Cachin won a tournament at the highest level for the first time. The world number 90 won the final of the ATP tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland. On clay, he was too strong for the Spaniard Albert Ramos-Viñolas, who has eleven places more in the world ranking. The sets scores were 3-6 6-0 7-5.

Cachin (28) thus prevented Ramos-Viñolas from his fifth title on the ATP circuit. The Spaniard had already been the best at Gstaad in 2019, among others. Cachin had knocked out first-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round.

Matwé Middelkoop lost in the men’s doubles final in Gstaad. With the Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner, the Dutchman was no match for the Swiss duo Dominic Stricker/Stan Wawrinka: 6-7 (8) 2-6.

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